Published: November 2, 2012
On Sunday, Oct. 21, two teams from the Simon’s Rock Coders Club competed in the regional International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) qualifier.
The competition, which consists of teams carrying a maximum of three programmers, involves solving seven conceptually and algorithmically challenging questions in a span of five consecutive hours.
The competition is arduous, and it is normal to see extra semicolons or forget important variable declarations near the end of the allotted time.
Nevertheless, one of the Simon’s Rock teams came in sixth place, managing to solve three out of seven problems.
Only one team in the competition solved all seven questions, and the second place team solved only six questions.
Both Simon’s Rock teams competed well, considering that only half of the team members that competed are concentrating in computer science and no senior students competed.